Autonomic Providing Pre-Programmed Death of Cubesats for Avoiding Space JUNK

Robbie Palmer, Roy Sterritt

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Apoptotic Computing is inspired by the apoptosis
mechanism in biological systems. This mechanism
provides security for the overall system by having a preprogrammed
death and indeed a death by default at, for
instance, the cellular level. It has been argued that this
approach should be included in our modern
ubiquitous/pervasive computer-based systems.
This paper presents a first step prototype ultilizing
apoptotic computing for CubeSats, pre-programming
death with the intent to ensure that CubeSats do not add
to the proliferation of Space Junk. In addition, to support
that apoptotic mechanism, autonomicity (selfmanagement)
is utilised and the paper considers more
general swarm task assignment and control protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology, SMC-IT 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781728115443
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Jul 2019


  • Apoptotic Computing
  • Autonomic Computing
  • Autonomy
  • Biological Inspired Computing
  • Constellations
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Self management
  • Space Junk
  • Swarms


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